Accelerating growth and service offerings for Rural & Community Healthcare
Stroudwater Associates, the nation’s leading source for strategic, operational, financial, and clinical strategy for Rural & Community Healthcare, today announced the expansion of its clinical and quality team.
Bishop and Smith strengthen Stroudwater’s existing team with their expertise and experience in healthcare management, patient services and experience, quality improvement and clinical professional development. Bishop previously worked as a Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Services and is an active member of the American Nurses Association. Smith previously worked as a Manager of Quality Improvement at UnityPoint Health – Quad Cities/Muscatine, a four-hospital health system serving a large Midwest metropolitan area.
Previously, Bishop was the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) at a Critical Access Hospital. During her time as a CNO, Bishop implemented an infusion clinic and started a swing bed program. Bishop also implemented departmental staffing to increase patient quality care, improved nursing clinical skills to care for higher acuity patients and identified opportunities for cost reduction and service expansion in clinical areas.
“Christie has an impressive track record of successful implementation of swing bed programs, increasing patient quality care, and clinical service expansion,” said Stroudwater Associates Managing Director Jeff Sommer. “Welcoming her to the team is vital to our firm’s growth and the continued expansion of our clinical and quality service offerings to our clients.”
Prior to joining the Stroudwater team, Smith managed Quality, Performance Improvement, Patient Experience, and Clinical Professional Development at UnityPoint Health- Quad Cities/Muscatine. While there, he led a team of process improvement and quality professions who generated significant cost savings for the region and improved experience for patients.
“Cameron brings a wealth of experience in performance and quality improvement and process mapping,” added Sommer. “As a former hospital leader, he has a deep understanding of how to use data analytics and process improvement methodologies to strengthen the health of communities through partnering with local health systems.”
Stroudwater’s clinical and quality team is led by Senior Consultants Carla Wilber, DNP, RN, NE-BC, CATC and Lindsay Corcoran, MHA, and assists Rural & Community Healthcare organizations and primary care practices and clinics with clinical and quality needs such as Swing Bed Program development and optimization, multi-department care delivery and improvements, Workflow Process Improvement, Opioid Management, and more.
In their new roles, Bishop and Smith will work alongside Wilber and Corcoran on several client programs, bringing more awareness and increasing Stroudwater’s capabilities on the clinical and quality side.
“The expansion of our clinical and quality team elevates our service offerings and delivers the expertise and innovation that is needed to support and amplify the impact of rural healthcare,” finalized Stroudwater Board Chair Eric Shell.